Aena tests facial recognition system for boarding at Adolfo Suárez Madrid- Barajas Airport

posted on 25th November 2019 by Eddie Saunders
Aena tests facial recognition system for boarding at Adolfo Suárez Madrid- Barajas Airport

The chairmen of Aena, Maurici Lucena, and Iberia, Luis Gallego, accompanied by representatives from partner tech firms have presented the new facial recognition system for boarding at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport 

This year Aena has kicked off a second facial recognition test project at an airport, in this case Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, in its quest to develop airports in the society of the future as a framework for building new technologies and innovative trends into the airport setting.

Based on identification technology that recognises people’s physical and non-transferable features, the biometric system equipment is located next to the check-in desk, at the entry to the security filter and at the boarding gate where the passengers’ biometric data, their facial features and identity documentation such as ID card (DNI) or passport will be verified. This is designed to enable travellers to board the plane without showing their boarding pass or identity documentation, thus speeding up the process and increasing security. The documentation is validated with biometric data only once during the pilot scheme as long as the passenger gives their consent for subsequent flights.

The tests are being carried out with Iberia customers flying to Asturias and Brussels who can voluntarily take part in the project and travel more smoothly, efficiently and easily.

This project is part of Aena’s “Airport 4.0” strategy which promotes testing, validation and implementation of groundbreaking solutions that enable the provision of innovative and sustainable airport services with the highest standards of security, safety, quality, efficiency and care for the environment.

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